re·​align | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce realign (audio) \
realigned; realigning; realigns

Definition of realign

transitive verb

: to align again especially : to reorganize or make new groupings of

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realignment \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈlīn-​mənt How to pronounce realignment (audio) \ noun

Examples of realign in a Sentence

We had to realign the text to fit it on the page. The car's wheels were realigned.

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British politics seems to be realigning, but the more pressing question is how British culture is changing beneath it — and which parts of it are still worth holding onto. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 Expectations of stronger growth are one reason why stock investors have followed bond markets in realigning their expectations for how much further the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Trump Takes Swipe at Fed as Stocks Tumble," 10 Oct. 2018 During the current shutdown, officials plan to also realign the Grand Junction tracks and complete utility work nearby. Adam Vaccaro,, "A three-mile train route is now 120 miles," 26 May 2018 Trump’s tilt against open trade and overt embrace of protectionist rhetoric and policy has led to widespread speculation that the parties might realign on trade, with Democrats becoming a free-trade party and Republicans becoming protectionists. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren wants to outflank Trump on trade," 29 Nov. 2018 Transgender and non-binary folks, as much as anyone, deserve to realign with our bodies, to move freely in our bodies, and to love our bodies in ways that feel safe and comfortable to us. SELF, "How to Make Your Gym or Fitness Space More Inclusive and Welcoming for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People," 30 Oct. 2018 Ultimately, Libra slices through the BS and static, and reminds us that every moment is a moment to realign, without judgement or self-recrimination. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 8-14," 8 Oct. 2014 As deputy executive director, Baroni had the authority to realign the lanes, Levy said. Andrew Seidman,, "Chris Christie is out, but Bridgegate appeals continue," 24 Apr. 2018 Herman, who also worked with Del Conte when Del Conte was the athletic director at Rice and Herman was Rice coach David Bailiff’s offensive coordinator, believes Fenves had started trying to realign the athletic department before hiring Del Conte. Andy Staples,, "Mud Pits, Red Tape and the Texas Turnaround Long in Coming," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of realign

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of realign

: to change the position or direction of (something) slightly usually in relation to something else
: to organize (something) in a different way


transitive verb
re·​align | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce realign (audio) \

Legal Definition of realign

: to make new divisions or groupings of especially : to regroup (one or more litigants) to reflect the true arrangement of interests in a suit

Note: After examining the ultimate interests of the parties involved in a suit, the court might choose to realign the plaintiffs and defendants so that, for example, one of the defendants becomes a plaintiff.

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